You may use baking soda as a raising agent, but it can do a lot more than just make your pastry puff.
The difference between baking soda and baking powder is the fact that the first one doesn’t contain any aluminum.
Some people use baking soda to clean their sink or remove bad odors from their fridge. But, Baking soda is one of the greatest natural remedies you will ever use.
11 brilliant uses of baking soda:
A box of baking soda will cost you a dollar. It’s one of the cheapest home remedies you will ever get. Use it to treat minor wounds or instead of commercial skin care products.
- Relieve ulcer ache, heartburn, and indigestion
Did you know that all antacids contain bicarbonate? Baking soda neutralizes acids, and relieves ulcer ache, heartburn and indigestion.
Stir half a teaspoon of baking soda to half a glass of water. Drink this every two hours. Don’t take more than 3 tablespoons in a day. People over 60 shouldn’t use more than a tablespoon within a day.
This remedy should be used occasionally. Excessive use may harm pH balances in the body, and even cause severe electrolyte imbalances.
- Soothe poison ivy rashes and insect bites
Make a thick paste using baking soda and water. Apply it on any rashes or bites. Rub pure baking soda powder to relieve poison ivy or other rashes. Baking soda neutralizes irritants and toxins on the skin. Use it to relieve itching and irritation.
- Natural deodorant
Commercial antiperspirants and deodorants are packed with aluminum and parabens. Use baking soda instead of your regular deodorant. Add a pinch of baking soda to some water, and use the paste as a natural deodorant. Brush off the excess baking soda.
- Natural exfoliator
Add three tablespoons of baking soda to your feet soak. Use pure baking soda to scrub your feet. Combine one part of water and three parts of baking soda, and exfoliate your face and body.
- Relaxing soak
Add raw apple cider vinegar and baking soda to your bath. In this way you can also clean and drain your tub. It’s like smashing two flies with one shot.
- Soothe sunburns
Add half a cup of baking soda to your lukewarm bath. Soak in, then let your skin dry naturally. Make cool compresses using baking soda solution. Apply it on the affected skin area to relieve sunburns.
- Hand cleanser
Combine one part of water and three parts of baking soda. Use the solution to cleanse your hands, and neutralize odors.
- Whiten teeth
Mash a strawberry and stir in half a teaspoon of baking soda. Rub it onto your teeth, and let it work for 5 minutes. Brush and rinse. This treatment will give you that brilliant Hollywood smile. Don’t do this more than once a week, otherwise you will damage your tooth enamel.
- Natural gum and tooth paste
Baking soda has a mild abrasive effect. It cleans and polishes teeth. Some use it to get rid of bad breath. Five controlled clinical studies found that baking soda toothpastes improve brushing effectiveness when it comes to removing plaque. That was not the case of commercial toothpastes.
Baking soda has strong antibacterial properties. It destroys Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria that causes tooth decay. Combine one part of sea salt and six parts of baking soda. Use this toothpaste, and you’ll be amazed with the effect. Blend for 30 seconds, and rub the mixture onto your gums.
Don’t forget to put water while blending. Spit out any excess, and leave the paste on for 15 minutes. Rinse well. Don’t use this every day, otherwise you’ll damage your tooth enamel.
- Better sports performance
Do you know that distance runners use baking soda capsules or do “soda doping” before their races? This practice enhances speed in swimmers.
Of course this isn’t something you should try at home. We’re just trying to explain the benefits of baking soda. Sodium bicarbonate creates an alkaline environment in the body. It neutralizes acids in muscles during strenuous activities like swimming and speed running.
- Remove splinters
Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a glass of water, and soak in the affected area twice a day. The splinter will come out within 2-3 days.
- Non-toxic cleaner
Baking soda was used to clean and restore inner copper walls of the Statute of Liberty during the restoration process in 1986. It removed grime while leaving copper intact.
Household uses of baking soda
Sprinkle baking soda on your kitchen and bathroom surfaces, and scrub. For antibacterial effect, add a few drops of essential oil. Tea tree and lavender oil work amazing.
Put baking soda down the drain. Pour in apple cider vinegar, and let it “work” for 15 minutes. Rinse with hot water. This is a safer substitute for chemical-packed drain cleaners.
Soak pots and pans in hot baking soda solution for 10 minutes to remove residue.
Use baking soda to put down minor flames in your kitchen.
Sprinkle baking soda on your carpet, let it work for 15 minutes, and vacuum up.
Use baking soda to clean your barbecue grill.
Fill your sink with hot water, and add in aluminum foil and baking soda. Soak in your silver items until clean.
Baking soda can be used instead of commercial fabric softeners. It will also make your clothes whiter. Add a cup of baking soda to your laundry.
Sprinkle baking soda in your shoes to neutralize unpleasant odors.
Add four tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of water, and soak in baby toys.
Use baking soda paste to remove grime.
Scrub your fruits and veggies with baking soda to remove residue, dirt and pesticides.